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Two more provinces hit by deadly floods

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Families escape floods in Stung Treng province last year. KT/Mom Sophon

Two more provinces were hit by floods on Friday and Saturday and one more person died, bringing the recent death toll to 12.

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, yesterday said Prey Veng and Kampong Thom provinces were the latest to be hit, while floodwaters in Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum and Preah Vihear provinces are continuing to recede.

“Until Sunday [yesterday], one more adult died because of flooding in Tboung Khmum province on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “So now a total of 12 people have so far died because of floods.”

Mr Vy noted that four people died in Kratie, five in Kampong Cham, two in Tboung Khmum and another in Preah Vihear provinces.

He said flooding has so far affected 37,000 hectares of rice fields, 219 schools, 142 pagodas and 26 health centres.

Mr Vy added that 80,679 families were also affected, with 9,817 being evacuated to safer places.

“More than 10,000 hectares in Prey Veng province and more than 1,000 hectares in Kampong Thom province were affected over the past three days,” he noted.

Mr Vy said floods also affected a pig farm rearing 3,600 pigs in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district on Friday, but he has not received information on how many pigs died.

He appealed to people to be on alert for more floods which are expected to occur before Pchum Ben Day.

Poeng Trida, Preah Vihear provincial agriculture department director, yesterday said more than 10 pigs died on Friday at the farm in Tbeng Meanchey district which was breeding the animals in collaboration with CP Cambodia Co Ltd.

He said that during the flood, the company had helped to evacuate most of the animals and is helping the farmer to market them.

“CP company took those pigs to supply markets in other provinces because the animals had reached the required weight of between 70 and 80 kilograms,” he noted.

Sok Lou, Kampong Thom provincial governor, yesterday said that floods on Friday and Saturday had affected communities living along the Stung Sen river in Prasat Sambo and Sandan districts.

“On Saturday, 142 families and their animals in Prasat Sambo district were evacuated to higher ground and we provided milled rice and other food items to them,” he said. “Our authorities are preparing to rescue other villagers in the province.”

Kampong Cham provincial administration yesterday announced the temporary closure of the stretch of Road 71 C which connects Chamkar Loeu district to Stung Trang district, due to floods caused by the Mekong River overflowing.

It banned people from using the stretch to prevent accidents due to road damage.

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